Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), Italy’s energy agency, has allocated 413.2 MW of renewable energy capacity at the country’s ninth renewable energy auction, for projects larger than 1 MW.

The GSE has awarded 293.7 MW of solar capacity across 42 sites and four wind projects with a combined capacity of 119.5 MW. Photovoltaic projects vary in size from 1.5 MW to 85.8 MW.

Selected bidders for the solar power plants included Italian suppliers such as Acea and Falck Renewables, as well as international players such as Sonnedix. The other bidders were special purpose vehicles with no clear links to reputable industry players.

All promoters offered a maximum discount ranging from 2% to 2.50% from the auction ceiling price of €0.065 ($0.063)/kWh. The lowest bid fell to 0.06116 €/kWh and has been proposed for two solar projects in the Piedmont region.

The highest bid of €0.06124/kWh was submitted for 11 solar projects in the regions of Sardinia, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Piedmont and Veneto. Bids were slightly higher than or equal to the eighth renewable energy auction, when discounts ranged from 2.0% to 3.02%.

In this procurement exercise, held in June, the GSE allocated 306 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 300 MW of solar power. In the seventh auction, held in January, Italian authorities allocated 710 MW of solar power, with bids ranging from €0.0626/kWh to €0.0637/kWh. In the sixth auction, held in September, Italian authorities allocated 297 MW of installed solar power, with bids ranging from €0.0686/kWh to €0.0646/kWh.

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